Gerontology, Graduate Certificate (Interior Design)

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology with a Concentration in Interior Design

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 18
  • $375.00
  • $617.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online Gerontology (Interior Design), Graduate Certificate provides students with an understanding of the relationship between the design of the built environment and its aging occupants. The program is offered in cooperation by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), Department of Gerontology and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Architecture Interior Design program. 

Students of the Gerontology (Interior Design), Graduate Certificate online program will gain:

  • A multidisciplinary education in the biological, psychological and social aspects of aging
  • Knowledge of the resources available to improve the lives of older adults and to promote aging in place
  • An opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of aging through the practicum
  • Exposure to innovative research in aging, including the study of brain changes with age
  • Marketability as students are trained in the gerontology and interior design disciplines
  • Development of the Courage to Care

The program is offered 100% online and can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning the student and instructor may access the content at any time and do not need to be available at a specific time. The program has embraced online learning as a reflection of the 21st century, and this program offers students a convenient, thought-provoking way of learning about the aging experience. 

The UNO Department of Gerontology conducts relevant research in conjunction with local and federal agencies that serve the public and its changing needs. Research areas include caregiving, cognitive health and functioning, and public policy and planning.

This certificate allows professionals the ability to acquire focused training in the area of gerontology and design in preparation for the growing needs of an aging population.   

Career Outlook:

It is estimated that the population of persons 65 years of age and older will increase from 40 million in 2010 to 88 million in 2050, according to the U.S. Administration on Aging. The shift demands qualified professionals who can address the impact of individuals with training in this age group will have. 

The Gerontology (Interior Design), Graduate Certificate allows professionals the ability to acquire focused training in the area of gerontology and pursue careers such as:  

  • Senior Housing Professionals
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Interior Designers
  • Realtors
  • Government Services Administrators
  • Hospital and Nursing Administrators
  • Health Care Workers
  • Code Officials

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.